Revenge, Tragedy, And The Underlying Dedication And Ambition Behind The Act Of Deceit

1089 Words Nov 30th, 2016 5 Pages
Hamlet, a play written by Shakespeare, is based on the classic idea of revenge, tragedy, and the underlying dedication and ambition behind the act of deceit. Hamlet is the main character who displays the aspects of human nature. He is undergoing an inner debate on whether or not he wants to kill Claudius who is now not only his uncle, but also the king after his father’s death by getting together with Hamlet’s mother. The audience understands his frustration with his mother and uncle’s actions, but one theory suggests that Hamlet is longing for revenge against his uncle only because he wants to be romantically involved with his mother.
His yearning to be with his mother romantically is also known as the oedipus complex. The oedipus complex is a psychoanalytic theory that defines the, “desire for sexual involvement with the parent of the opposite sex…” (website). This theory, introduced by Sigmund Freud, is named after the Theban hero Oedipus, Greek hero, who killed his father to get with his mother. (website). Ironically, this greek hero is comparable to Hamlet, for some audiences comprehend his frustration with his uncle to be caused by unsaid love that he has for his mother. Sigmund Freud’s theory did not come out until the late 1890’s, far after Hamlet was written, so the actual idea of the psychoanalytic theory is a stretch considering Shakespeare had no idea that this theory even existed. Nonetheless, Hamlet can be seen as a victim of this theory throughout the play.…

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